Was a lad (easy). Now a dad to Daisy & Seth (less easy).

Outnumbered

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Hold on a second…

If my maths is correct, then this latest development means that there will be MORE OF THEM THAN US!!!

If you missed my announcement exactly one week ago, here is Daisy to bring you up to speed.

Outnumbered.

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Yep, inside mummy’s tummy is indeed a baby and come summer (the end of June to be precise) two kids will suddenly become three.

Well, I say kids…

Seth said to me the other day “Daddy, do you know what’s inside mummy’s tummy?” Going through the motions I said that I didn’t and he responded with:

“A baby walrus.”

Slightly concerning.

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Either way, in a few months’ time I am going to be the proud owner of three little humans. Or two little humans and a really cute baby walrus.

I purposely waited a week to write this blog because I noticed something in the first 24 hours after the announcement of my wife’s pregnancy that I found quite strange. Something was different to the other two times I’d told people we were expecting. It was how people were responding to the news.

Responses after Announcing Baby Number 1

Congratulations

This is amazing news

Waaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So pleased for you guys

Are you nervous?

Better get your sleep in now whilst you still can

Glad it’s all in working order mate (blokes only response)

Responses after Announcing Baby Number 2

Congratulations

You know things are about to get serious…?

Have you got any help lined up?

Good luck!

Responses after Announcing Baby Number 3

ARE YOU ACTUALLY CRAZY?!

That’s it. The sole response to announcing a third child;

Are. You. Crazy?

It’s an odd response when you think about it. Telling someone they are crazy when they are telling you that they are about to become a dad again.

But the more that people have said it, and the more thought I’ve given it, the more I think that maybe I am!

Everything is perfect right now.

Both Daisy & Seth sleep blissfully through the night – therefore, so do I! They talk, they’re out of nappies, they tell me if they need the toilet, they’re happy with nursery and school and they have become fully-fledged, wonderful, interesting, funny and loving little munchkins.

Things are cool. I’ve got my life back in so many ways. And (as every parent does, of course) I really couldn’t love them any more than I do.

So what on earth am I thinking? ANOTHER ONE?!

And there are so many questions now;

Do I need a new car?!

Can we afford this?!?!

Will I remember how you change a newborn nappy?!

I’m going back to the world of bottle sterilising, nappy changing, Babygro wearing, car-seat lugging, twenty four hour crying, baby weaning INSANITY!

That kind of insanity when you’re not even sure what day it is.

I asked some of my more adept friends what it is like going from two to three. Here is one response I received on a WhatsApp message (from a friend who shall remain nameless for the sake of his marital harmony):

“The best analogy I can give you mate is that mum and dad are the two defenders on a football pitch. Currently you have two attackers from the opposing team trying to get past you. It’s tough, but manageable. Suddenly there’s another striker and from nowhere they are coming at you the whole time. It’s impossible to man mark them. Good luck!”

Am I crazy? We’ll soon find out.

I was just about to finish this blog post when my wife called me over from the other room.

“Rich… come here quickly… the baby is kicking”.

I rushed over, placed my hand on her tummy, and for the first time I could feel baby number three making his or her presence felt.

It was magical.

And suddenly, everything feels like it’s going to be ok. 🙂

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Author: lad2dad

Dad to Daisy (aged 5) and Seth (aged 3) & Honey (aged hardly anything at all). And I chat on the radio for a living.

12 thoughts on “Outnumbered

  1. Aw I’m chuffed for you all!
    It’s great news! Yeah it will be tough but you’ve got to remember you’ve got two little helpers! “Seth can you pass me a nappy &Daisy can you get me the wipes please!”

    Sometimes I look after my niece, and my boys (6 & 3) turn into my little employees when she’s here! You’ve plenty of time to train them up, I think that will be the hardest part… Good luck! 😉

  2. Hi Rich, Congratulations on baby number 3! You will be fine. I have 3 girls. I had my 3rd daughter 8 years after my 2nd daughter and was suprised how relaxed I felt. It all comes back to you and you just get on with it. The only thing i did find really difficult was the sleepless nights. I was walking around in a daze for the first 4 months! You will find that any mistakes you made with the other 2 will not be made again and this will make your life much easier! Daisy and Seth will seem so grown up when baby comes along and they will want to help mummy and daddy with bathing, nappy changing and bottle feeding. It will be great! Good Luck, Lisa x

  3. What a lovely blog! Congratulations to you and the family.

    Look at it this way, number one you worry about, are you doing it right etc, number two you are more relaxed and go with the flow, by number three they must just bring themselves up right?!? Lol

  4. What a lovely blog Rich. I love reading them.

    Mega congratulations to you all and what a cute little walrus baby no. 3 will be☺️
    I’m sure you will be absolutely fine, the biggest change is having the first baby, baby no. 2 (and more) just blends in. Me and my hubby are expecting our second child early July and I must admit I am quite nervous about starting all over again too but it’s the best thing in the world and the sleepless nights won’t last forever (hopefully😁)

    Good luck and all the best
    Mandy x

  5. Hi Rich I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with No 5 yes I did say 5 and my 4th boy I have one teenage girl. I’m due just before your wife on 13th June. I had the same response are you mad/mental how do you cope etc the simple answer is you take every day at a time and deals with whatever the day throws at you. I also get the older ones involved as much as possible so that the don’t feel left out for instance when I was having my current youngest I told my daughter if it’s another brother you can pick his name and she came up with Alexander. You and your wife will manage just fine I do and I’m on my own.
    Good luck xx

  6. Yep…..you are seriously crazy….but everyone needs a little bit of crazy in their lives! Keeps you alive and keeps you feeling young! Haha. This is fabulous news……Super congratulations. I think baby number three always makes a family perfect…….I am of course baby number 3 in my family so I may be a little biased on that thought haha.

    Just a thought though…..at the next scan, make sure there isn’t number 4 hiding in there as well! I helped deliver a baby the other day which turned out to be unexpectedly twins 😱….just saying haha xx

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